Kisoro Airstrip, An Airfield in Kisoro Town of Western Uganda
Kisoro Airport is an airstrip in south western Uganda that serves the town of Kisoro plus nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The two parks are the habitats for the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Some luxury tourists fly Entebbe to Kisoro and then transfer to any of the tourist destinations in western Uganda for gorilla trekking safaris. Kisoro Airport and Kihihi Airstrip are the only two stretches of land cleared for aircraft take off and land that facilitate gorilla tours in Uganda by flying. Kisoro airfield is accessible by air from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi Airfield using domestic flights, either scheduled or chartered.
Entebbe to Kisoro Flights
Various flight operator in Uganda offer air transfers from Entebbe to Kisoro daily and weekly. For instance AeroLink Uganda runs daily flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro and Kihihi Airfield is Kanungu district in the north of Bwindi where Buhoma sector is found. These flights are mainly for tourists going for gorilla adventures. Guests to Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla parks may secure flights with AeroLink directly or through a local tour operators like Gorilla Trekking Services. AeroLink flights from Entebbe to Kisoro or Kihihi are usually scheduled in the morning and return in the afternoon hours.
Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga and Bwindi via Kisoro
Kisoro Airport is the best select for people traveling going to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking and volcano hiking. Staying overnight in Kisoro town to transfer to the park the next morning is a common traveler practice. In case you are planning a gorilla trekking safari to Rushaga and Nkuringo in south Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, choose Gorilla Trekking Services for smooth arrangements. Our fleet of vehicles include conformable Land Cruisers, Toyota TX and customized Min Vans among others. When you fly into Kisoro Airfield, our driver-guide will meet you at the landing field and transfer you to either of the gorilla trekking destinations as per the itinerary of the day. After trekking gorillas, you will be transferred back to Kisoro Airport and fly back to Entebbe.
About Kisoro Town, home to Kisoro Airport
Kisoro town is an important tourism transfer hub for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Kisoro town, the major urban centre in Kisoro district, is advantageously positioned in the southwestern angle of Uganda. The town is a few kilometres away from the boarders of Uganda with Rwanda and the Democratic of Congo. Other prevalent fascinations near Kisoro after the mountain gorillas are Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Mountains.
Distance wise, Kisoro town is about 485 km from Kampala City and 135 km from Kigali in Rwanda. Because of the differences in distances between Kisoro and the two cities, many tourists prefer flying into Kigali and connect to Kisoro via Cyanika border point. The much favored gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali is much easier with the transfer via Cyanika border to Kisoro from where proceeding to Mgahinga or to Bwindi’s south sectors of Nkuringo and Rushaga is more convenient. However, the existence of Kisoro Airport has made traveling between Entebbe and Bwindi much calmer.
Kisoro Airstrip Runway Characteristics, Services and Quick Facts
Length: 1200 meters
Width: 30 meters
Altitude: 6200 Feet
Air Navigational Services: Not Available
Navigational Aids: NDB, Windsock
Fire and Rescue: Available
Security: Aviation Police
Terminal Services: Available
Fuel: Not Available
Accommodation and Hotels: Available Kisoro Town
Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda